Crime increasing in Indianapolis: What's the latest in the trend?

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By Hoodline - Published on October 04, 2019.

The number of crime incidents in Indianapolis increased slightly last week, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 8,269 for the week of Sept. 23, up from 8,156 the week before.

The overall increase in crime incidents was led by theft and shootings. Theft rose to 1,741 incidents last week, from 1,667 the week before. Shootings went from 172 to 220.

There was also an increase in vandalism, from 337 incidents per week to 374, and in arson, from eight to 11 incidents.

There were 107 reported robbery incidents last week. That represents an increase from 106 incidents the previous week.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, reports of burglary went from 360 to 328, and assault fell from 941 to 919.

There were 4,569 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of four from the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations. Of those incidents, 373 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 340 reported arrests the week before.

Looking at crime patterns in different areas of the city, Near Eastside, Far Eastside and Near Southeast continued to have the most reported incidents last week.

Crime in Near Southeast went up the most. Crime reports in Downtown also rose, after declining the week before, and incidents in Edgewood are up considerably as well.

Regarding when most crimes are committed, Thursday, Saturday and Wednesday saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Thursday, Saturday and Friday, while incidents on Sunday, Tuesday and Monday went down. Comparing times of day, late afternoon, evening and early afternoon continue to see the most crime incidents.

To report a crime in progress or life-threatening emergency, call 911. To report a non-urgent crime or complaint, contact your local police department.

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This story was created automatically using local crime data, then reviewed by an editor. Click here for more about our data sources and local crime methodology. Got thoughts about what we're doing? Go here to share your feedback.

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